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ACC Club Championship 2020

It’s that time of year again!

Club Championship starts February 24

It’s time for another edition of our annual Club Championship! (Check out the club championship tag for past editions!)

The format for the Club Championship is a little different than our regular Swisses: six rounds and just two sections, Championship and Reserve.

Club Championship trophies

The Championship section sees the top players at our club vie for the title of 2020 Club Champion! Josh Guo is the defending champion. The minimum rating to enter the section is 1700.

The Reserve section sees players rated under 1800 compete for the title of 2020 Reserve Champion. Last year it was Matthew Furrow.

All are welcome!

All are welcome to join us for the event, but only full-year members are eligible to win the Club Champion and Reserve Champion titles. Winners’ names will be engraved on permanent trophies at the club.

Rounds are at 7:30 pm on six Monday evenings, starting February 24 and running to March 30. Registered players may request a bye by email before 6:00 pm. New players are asked to please register on site by 7:00 to make sure that you’re paired for the night’s round.

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Round One – February 24

The tournament gets under way with 14 players in the Championship section and 18 in the Reserves.

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Round Two – March 2

After two rounds of play, there’s a three-way tie for the lead in the Championship section. Dave Southam, Syed Ibrahim Ahmed, and Farhad Panahov all have 2.0/2.

In the Reserves, with 23 players competing, only two are still perfect. Ian Greig and Ulli Diemer have 2.0/2.

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Round Three – March 9

Through three rounds, two players are still perfect in the Championship section – Dave Southam and Farhad Panahov have 3.0/3. In the Reserves, Ulli Diemer is now alone in first with 3.0/3. Three more rounds to go!

See results below.

Check full details at chess-results.

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Round Four – suspended

We are currently suspending chess club meetings as a Covid-19 precaution. ACC is currently scheduled to re-open April 6.


Ranking Cross-tables after Round 1

ACC Club Championship – Championship section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd Pts.
1 Panahov Farhad 1950 CAN 10b1 7w1 9w1 3
2 Southam David 2108 CAN 14w1 15b1 4w+ 3
3 Shabanaj Saimir 2216 CAN 8w1 4b0 13w1 2
4 Ahmed Syed Ibrahim 2086 CAN 11b1 3w1 2b- 2
5 Campbell Brett 2194 CAN 6w½ 11b1 2
6 Vinuya Ruth Joy 2052 CAN 15w½ 5b½ 14w1 2
7 Siddeley Hugh 2181 CAN 16w1 1b0 1.5
8 Gao Lucy 1848 CAN 3b0 15w1 1.5
9 Vinuya Reign Joshua 1818 CAN 12w1 1b0 1.5
10 McSherry Peter 1767 CAN 1w0 14b½ -1 1.5
11 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1802 CAN 4w0 16b1 5w0 1
12 Munro Allan 2212 CAN 9b0 1
13 Fines John 1783 CAN 3b0 1
14 Furrow Matthew 1810 CAN 2b0 10w½ 6b0 0.5
15 Chen Sihao 1784 CAN 6b½ 2w0 8b0 0.5
16 Ab-Barin Hooshang 1757 CAN 7b0 11w0 0.5

Check full Championship results at chess-results.

ACC Club Championship – Reserve section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd Pts.
1 Diemer Ulli 1535 CAN 26w1 15b1 4w1 3
2 Belanger Colton 1688 CAN 17w1 13b½ 14w1 2.5
3 Costales Dan 1670 CAN 15w½ 25b1 13w1 2.5
4 Greig Ian 1628 CAN 7b1 20w1 1b0 2
5 D’Souza Carina 1571 CAN 14w½ 24b1 2
6 Phillips Arthur 1545 CAN 22b1 2
7 Dixon Javier 1412 CAN 4w0 26b+ 20b1 2
8 Randle Bill 1295 CAN 16b1 12w½ 2
9 Ali Shafkat 1627 CAN 17w1 2
10 Supol George 1518 CAN 18w1 2
11 Teram Eli 1015 CAN 21w1 2
12 Helwig Frank 1672 CAN 23b+ 8b½ 2
13 Hillier Paul 1594 CAN 19b1 2w½ 3b0 1.5
14 Guo Richard 1236 CAN 5b½ 23w1 2b0 1.5
15 Tuchow Ryan 1422 CAN 3b½ 1w0 24w1 1.5
16 Kraus Tony 0 CAN 8w0 -1 1.5
17 Jevtic Dragan 1504 CAN 2b0 19w1 9b0 1
18 Barrie Ethan 1400 CAN 20b0 22w1 10b0 1
19 Stefanovich-Thomson Alexis 1242 CAN 13w0 17b0 26b1 1
20 Armstrong Robert J. 1604 CAN 18w1 4b0 7w0 1
21 Lambert Peter 1483 CAN 11b0 1
22 Donegan Lawrence 1114 CAN 6w0 18b0 23b½ 0.5
23 Moiseev Alex 1440 CAN 12w- 14b0 22w½ 0.5
24 Westcott Todd 997 CAN 5w0 15b0 0.5
25 Lillico Margarita 1027 CAN 3w0 0 0.5
26 Souchko Larissa 862 CAN 1b0 7w- 19w0 0

Check full Reserve section results at chess-results.

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ACC Club Championship 2019

It’s that time of year again!

Club Championship starts February 11

It’s time for another edition of our annual Club Championship! (Check out the club championship tag for past editions!)

The format for the Club Championship is a little different than our regular Swisses: six rounds and just two sections, Championship and Reserve.

Club Championship trophies

The Championship section sees the top players at our club vie for the title of 2019 Club Champion! Sergey Noritsyn is the defending champion. The minimum rating to enter the section is 1700.

The Reserve section sees players rated under 1800 compete for the title of 2019 Reserve Champion. Last year it was Michael Saltat.

All are welcome!

All are welcome to join us for the event, but only full-year members are eligible to win the Club Champion and Reserve Champion titles. Winners’ names will be engraved on permanent trophies at the club.

Rounds are at 7:30 pm on six Monday evenings, starting February 11 and running to March 25 (no round on Family Day, February 18). Registered players may request a bye by email before 6:00 pm. New players are asked to please register on site by 7:00 to make sure that you’re paired for the night’s round.

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Round One – February 11

The tournament gets under way with 9 players in the Championship section and 28 in the Reserves. We’re off next week for Family Day, but new players are welcome to join in Round Two.

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CLOSED – February 18

We’re closed for Family Day, so it’s an off-week for the tournament, but don’t miss the Hart House Reading Week Open!

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Round Two – February 25

After two rounds, Josh Guo leads the Championship with a perfect 2.0/2. Dave Southam, Sergey Malakhovets, Shawn Talsma, and Michael Bitton are just a half point behind with 1.5/2. In the Reserve section, there’s still a big tie with five players tied for the lead at 2.0/2.

Here’s a game from the top section.

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Round Three – March 4

After three rounds, there’s a tie for the lead in the Championship section as Josh Guo and Sergey Malkhovets each have 2.5/3. In the Reserves, only two players are still perfect as Lucy Gao and Colton Belanger share the lead at 3.0/3.
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Round Four – March 11

After four rounds, Josh Guo is alone again in first with 3.5/4 in the Championship section. With two rounds to go, can anyone catch him? In the Reserves, Colton Belanger is still perfect with 4.0/4. Can he make it a perfect 6.0/6?

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Round Five – March 18

Josh Guo is still in the lead with 4.5/5 going into the last round. It looks like a new Club Champion will be crowned this year!
In the Reserves, Colton Belanger is held to a draw, but still leads with 4.5/5.

One more round to go…

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Round Six – March 25

The final round! When the dust settles, it’s Matthew Furrow taking clear first in the Reserve section with 5.0/6. Congratulations, Matthew!

And our new club champion is Josh Guo, with 5.5/6. Congratulations, Josh!


Check full details at chess-results.


Final Ranking Cross-tables after Round 6

ACC Club Championship – Championship section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd 6.Rd Pts.
1 Guo Josh 2253 CAN 6b1 10w1 2b½ 3w1 -1 4b1 5.5
2 Southam David 2216 CAN 3w½ 11b1 1w½ 8b1 6w1 5b1 5
3 Bitton Michael 1841 CAN 2b½ 5w1 1b0 -1 11w1 4
4 Malakhovets Sergey 2070 CAN 5b1 7w1 0 1w0 3
5 Fines John 1834 CAN 4w0 3b0 11w1 12b1 2w0 2.5
6 Gao Raymond 1985 CAN 1w0 11b1 2b0 0 2
7 Talsma Shawn 1893 CAN 8b1 4b0 0 0 2
8 England Max 2044 CAN 9b½ 7w0 10b+ 2w0 0 2
9 Humphreys Michael 2338 CAN 8w½ 0 0 0 1.5
10 Saucedo Jorge 1926 MEX 11w1 1b0 8w- 0 0 0 1
11 Chen Sihao 1700 CAN 10b0 2w0 5b0 6w0 -1 3b0 1
12 Ogunlana Ayo 1765 CAN 0 5w0 0 0 1

ACC Club Championship – Reserve section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd 6.Rd Pts.
1 Furrow Matthew 1659 CAN 32b1 26w½ 13b1 15w1 2b1 5
2 Belanger Colton 1499 CAN 34b1 28b1 13w1 7w1 4b½ 1w0 4.5
3 Ivanov Venci 1785 CAN 10w½ 31b1 4b½ 8w1 7b½ 14w1 4.5
4 Belcadi Salim 1583 CAN 19w1 6b1 3w½ 20b1 2w½ 7b½ 4.5
5 Gao William (zhimao) 1665 CAN 21b1 23w1 7b0 15b½ 19w½ 36w1 4
6 Tuchow Ryan 1325 CAN 32b1 4w0 8b½ 26w1 19b1 4
7 Gao Lucy 1543 CAN 12w+ 27b1 5w1 2b0 3w½ 4w½ 4
8 Dixon Javier 1330 CAN 28w1 26b½ 6w½ 3b0 25w1 13b+ 4
9 Phillips Arthur 1585 CAN 17b1 0 26b1 20w1 0 3.5
10 Stefanovich-Thomson Alexis 1229 CAN 3b½ 15w0 31b1 22w1 3.5
11 D’souza Carina 1051 CAN 15b½ 20w0 24b1 21w1 3.5
12 Kamnitzer Benjamin 1003 CAN 7b- 21w½ 28b1 20b1 3.5
13 Lambert Peter 1553 CAN 25b1 22w1 2b0 1w0 16b1 8w- 3
14 Wagner Robert 1598 CAN 33b1 15w0 21b1 3b0 3
15 Saltat Michael 1574 CAN 11w½ 10b1 14b1 5w½ 1b0 0 3
16 Patton Mark A. 1228 CAN 29w0 36b1 13w0 30b1 3
17 Stroganov Victor 1481 CAN 9w0 31b1 0 25w1 3
18 Deol Gagan Deep 1638 CAN 37w1 25w1 0 0 3
19 Supol George 1424 CAN 4b0 38w+ -1 5b½ 6w0 3
20 Jevtic Dragan 1597 CAN 31w½ 11b1 29b1 4w0 9b0 12w0 2.5
21 Guo Richard 1211 CAN 5w0 12b½ 35w1 22b1 14w0 11b0 2.5
22 Lee Tommy 1000 CAN 24b1 13b0 21w0 23w1 10b0 2.5
23 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1660 CAN 5b0 31w0 32w1 22b0 34w1 2.5
24 Kalmanson Evgeny 1313 CAN 22w0 25b0 11w0 28b1 31w1 2.5
25 Zuo Zichen (roger) 1021 CAN 13w0 24w1 18b0 27w1 8b0 17b0 2
26 Schwartz Lorne 1593 CAN 38b1 8w½ 1b½ 9w0 6b0 0 2
27 Armstrong Robert J. 1527 CAN 7w0 25b0 32b1 0 2
28 Souchko Larissa 854 CAN 8b0 2w0 12w0 34b1 24w0 32b+ 2
29 Giffen Glenn 1529 CAN 16b1 20w0 0 0 2
30 Lillico Margarita 1244 CAN 33w0 35b- 35b+ 16w0 2
31 Tuong Rose 1068 CAN 20b½ 3w0 23b1 17w0 10w0 24b0 1.5
32 Yin Lucas 200 CAN 6w0 1w0 34b1 23b0 27w0 28w- 1
33 Moiseev Alex 1153 CAN 14w0 0 30b1 0 0 0 1
34 Guo Rainyee 945 CAN 2w0 37b½ 32w0 28w0 23b0 1
35 Zhao Samuel 1224 CAN 21b0 30w- 30w- 0 1
36 Stroganov Valery 1425 CAN 0 16w0 0 5b0 1
37 Rogers John A 1191 CAN 18b0 34w½ 0 0 0 0 0.5
38 Teram Eli 1059 CAN 26w0 19b- 0 0 0 0 0
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ACC Club Championship 2018

It’s that time of year again!

Club Championship starts January 29

It’s time for another edition of our annual Club Championship! (Check out the club championship tag for past editions!)

The format for the Club Championship is a little different than our regular Swisses: six rounds and just two sections, Championship and Reserve.

Club Championship trophies

The Championship section sees the top players at our club vie for the title of 2018 Club Champion! Dave Southam is the defending champion, after breaking a five-year streak by Michael Humphreys. The minimum rating to enter the section is 1700.

The Reserve section sees players rated under 1800 compete for the title of 2018 Reserve Champion. Last year it was Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy.

All are welcome!

All are welcome to join us for the event, but only full-year members are eligible to win the Club Champion and Reserve Champion titles. Winners’ names will be engraved on permanent trophies at the club.

Rounds are at 7:30 pm on six Monday evenings, starting January 29 and running to March 12 (no round on Family Day, February 19). Registered players may request a bye by email before 6:00 pm. New players are asked to please register on site by 7:00 to make sure that you’re paired for the night’s round.

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Round One – January 29

The first round sees 10 players in the Championship section, and 32 players in the Reserve section. New players are welcome to join next week in Rd 2!

In Round-One David-versus-Goliath match-ups, there are always a few upsets. In the Reserve section, Benjamin Kamnitzer (885) defeats Salim Belcadi (1438) and Valery Stroganov (975) defeats Dragan Jevtic (1511). And in the Championship section, Jonathan Yu (2149) defeats Sergey Malakhovets (2211), while Brett Campbell (2192) holds against Michael Humphreys (2361).

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Round Two – February 5

After two rounds of play, it’s Sergey Noritsyn alone in first in the Championship section with 2.0/2. And in the Reserve, it’s down to two players with a perfect score as Hooshang Ab-Barin and Ayo Ogunlana are tied for the lead with 2.0/2. Four rounds remain, and anything can happen…

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Round Three – February 12

With a few new additions, 47 players are now competing in the tournament (five took byes this round).

In the Reserve section, the two co-leaders, both with 2.0/2 scores, clash on top board, and only Hooshang Ab-Barin walks away with a perfect 3.0/3 score. He still has three rounds left to defend challenges from a long list of players who trail him by only half a point, including Michael Saltat, who grinds out a full point in a rook-and-pawn ending against last year’s Reserve Champion Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy.

In the Championship section, sole leader Sergey Noritsyn, the only player with a perfect 2.0/2 score, is defeated on board one by Dave Southam, who now shares the lead, at 2.5/3, with Jonathan Yu.

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OFF WEEK – February 19

There’s no club this week for Family Day, but don’t miss the Hart House Reading Week Open (Feb 17-19) at U of T.

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Round Four – February 26

In the Championship section, Dave Southam is alone in first with 3.5/4. And in the Reserves, Hooshang Ab-Barin is still perfect at 4.0/4. See full results below.

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Round Five – March 5

In the penultimate round, Michael Saltat wins on top board to take over the lead in the Reserve Section at 4.5/5. And in the Championship section, Michael Humphreys defeats Dave Southam on top board to tie him at 3.5/5, while Sergey Noritsyn takes over the lead at 4.0/5. See complete results below.

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Round Six – March 12

Congratulations to Sergey Noritsyn, 2018 Club Champion with 5.0/6, and to Michael Saltat, the Reserve winner with 5.5/6.

2018 ACC Club Champion, Sergey Noritsyn

Second place in the Championship section goes to Dave Southam with 4.0/6, and second place in the Reserve section is a four-way tie among Hooshang Ab-Barin, Ulli Diemer, Lorne Schwartz, and Bob Armstrong with 4.5/6. All first and second-place winners received Tim’s gift cards. And winners’ names will be engraved on our Club Trophies for posterity. Congratulations to the winners!

Next week (March 19) is the start of our ACC Spring Thaw Swiss – New players are most welcome to join in Round 1, or later. Please email before 6:00, or register on site before 7:00 pm. You need both CFC and club membership, but both can be purchased from us, and we have a variety of club membership options available.


Final ranking cross-tables after Round 6

ACC Club Championship – Championship section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd 6.Rd Pts.
1 Noritsyn Sergey 2214 CAN 5b1 9w1 2b0 8w1 6b1 4w1 5
2 Southam David 2152 CAN 6w1 8b½ 1w1 5b1 3w0 7b½ 4
3 Humphreys Michael 2361 CAN 4b½ 12w1 8b0 9w1 2b1 0 3.5
4 Campbell Brett 2192 CAN 3w½ 6b½ 10w1 11b1 1b0 3.5
5 Wiebe Daniel 2080 CAN 1w0 -1 9b1 2w0 10b1 6w½ 3.5
6 England Max 2020 CAN 2b0 4w½ -1 7b1 1w0 5b½ 3
7 Malakhovets Sergey 2211 CAN 8w0 12b1 6w0 14b1 2w½ 3
8 Yu Jonathan 2149 CAN 7b1 2w½ 3w1 1b0 0 0 2.5
9 Li Yun Hong (kevin) 1774 CAN -1 1b0 5w0 3b0 12w½ 10w1 2.5
10 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1710 CAN 4b0 12w1 5w0 9b0 2
11 Munro Allan 2189 CAN 0 14w1 4w0 0 2
12 Daldal Erdem 1762 CAN 3b0 7w0 10b0 9b½ 13w½ 1.5
13 Boles Fadi 1940 EGY 0 0 0 12b½ 1.5
14 Mcsherry Peter 1840 CAN 0 11b0 7w0 0 1

Updated results are also available on the Chess-Results server.

ACC Club Championship – Reserve section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd 6.Rd Pts.
1 Saltat Michael 1458 CAN 36b1 5w½ 29b1 8w1 2b1 6b1 5.5
2 Ab-Barin Hooshang 1630 CAN 12w1 24b1 7w1 3b1 1w0 5b½ 4.5
3 Diemer Ulli 1616 CAN 27b½ 22w1 17b1 2w0 14b1 10w1 4.5
4 Schwartz Lorne 1534 CAN 31w½ 32b1 23w1 9b1 6w0 12b1 4.5
5 Armstrong Robert J. 1644 CAN 10w1 1b½ 30w1 18b1 2w½ 4.5
6 Chen Sihao 1651 CAN 19w1 9b½ 14b½ 16w1 4b1 1w0 4
7 Ogunlana Ayo 1612 CAN 25b1 11w1 2b0 18w0 19b1 3.5
8 Jevtic Dragan 1511 CAN 24w0 19b1 15w1 1b0 22w½ 21b1 3.5
9 Dixon Javier 1466 CAN 26b1 6w½ 13b1 4w0 10b0 23w1 3.5
10 David Jean-Marc 1400 CAN 5b0 26w1 25b1 14w½ 9w1 3b0 3.5
11 Guo Haotong Hazel 1469 CAN 37w1 7b0 24w1 13b1 0 3.5
12 Finkelstein Michael 1229 CAN 2b0 31w1 20w1 16b1 4w0 3.5
13 Spahic Matt 0 CAN 15b1 9w0 23b1 11w0 35w1 3.5
14 Mansilla Guillermo 1439 CAN 33b1 6w½ 10b½ 3w0 17b1 3.5
15 Stroganov Victor 1106 CAN 34w0 13w0 8b0 36b1 26w1 31b1 3
16 Supol George 1337 CAN 32w1 6b0 12w0 28b1 3
17 Stefanovich-Thomson Alexis 1165 CAN 31b1 3w0 21b½ 28w1 14w0 3
18 Lambert Peter 1076 CAN 36w1 7b1 5w0 0 3
19 Kalniev Stefan 1237 CAN 6b0 8w0 26b1 32w½ 30b1 7w0 2.5
20 Belcadi Salim 1438 CAN 32w0 36b1 28w1 12b0 0 2.5
21 Kalmanson Evgeny 1332 CAN 29w0 33b½ 17w½ 32b1 8w0 2.5
22 Shogilev Sandon 1090 CAN 3b0 33w1 8b½ 0 2.5
23 Cvetkovic Nikola 605 CAN -1 4b0 13w0 31w1 9b0 2.5
24 Stroganov Valery 975 CAN 8b1 2w0 11b0 27w0 25b0 33w1 2
25 Dong Yiwei 1244 CAN 7w0 37b1 10w0 28b0 24w1 0 2
26 Souchko Larissa 975 CAN 9w0 10b0 19w0 33b1 15b0 36w+ 2
27 Patton Mark A. 1255 CAN 3w½ 30b0 24b1 0 0 2
28 Teram Eli 950 CAN 20b0 25w1 17b0 16w0 2
29 Vigneswaramoorthy Vinorth 1689 CAN 21b1 1w0 0 0 2
30 Pancer Jeff 1047 CAN 27w1 5b0 19w0 0 2
31 Noritsyn Ivan 1001 CAN 4b½ 17w0 12b0 37w1 23b0 15w0 1.5
32 Kamnitzer Benjamin 885 CAN 20b1 4w0 16b0 19b½ 21w0 0 1.5
33 England Derek 820 CAN 14w0 21w½ 22b0 26w0 37b1 24b0 1.5
34 Li Yun Hong (kevin) 1774 CAN 15b1 0 0 0 0 0 1
35 Tran Dennis 1215 CAN 0 0 0 13b0 1
36 Moiseev Alex 1082 CAN 1w0 20w0 18b0 15w0 -1 26b- 1
37 Zuo Roger 761 CAN 11b0 25w0 31b0 33w0 0 0.5

Updated results are also available on the Chess-Results server.

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2017 ACC Club Championship

Club Championship starts February 27

It’s time for another edition of our annual Club Championship! (Check out the club championship tag for past editions!)

The format for the Club Championship is a little different than our regular Swisses: six rounds and just two sections, Championship and Reserve.

Club Championship trophies

The Championship section sees the top players at our club vie for the title of 2017 Club Champion! Michael Humphreys has held the honour for quite some time now – five years in a row! – but this could be the year he’s unseated. The minimum rating to enter the section is 1700.

Michael Humphreys, 2012-2016 Club Champion (photo by John Upper)

The Reserve section sees players rated under 1800 compete for the title of 2017 Reserve Champion. Last year it was Max England. (Note that players rated 1700 to 1799 are normally placed in the Reserve section, but they can also opt to play up in the Championship section.)

All are welcome!

All are welcome to join us for the event, but only full-year members are eligible to win the Club Champion and Reserve Champion titles. Winners’ names will be engraved on permanent trophies at the club.

Rounds are at 7:30 pm on six Monday evenings, starting February 27 and running to April 3. New players are asked to please register by 7:00 to make sure that you’re paired for the night’s round.

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Round One – February 27

The Club Championship starts with just 15 players in the Championship section – and 28 players in the Reserve.

First-round David vs. Goliath upsets include Max England (2066) defeating Daniel Zotkin (2202) and John Fines (1903) scoring a draw against William Li (2179). In the last game to finish, Miroslav Stefanovic (2136) stubbornly defends to score a draw against top seed and five-time Club Champion Michael Humphreys (2318).

In the Reserve Sasha Chapin (1172) defeats Harry Chen (1465), Dragan Jevtic (1363) defeats Michael Sharpe (1662) and Evgeny Kalmanson (1141) defeats Shabnam Abbarin (1458).

Rd 1 Games of the Week

Here are a few select games – thanks to Keith Denning for entering them!

And finally, a game from the reserve section.

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Round Two – March 6

A few new players join the tournament, including some brand new unrated players in the Reserve section who just finished a session of Artiom’s adult chess classes: Bill Randle, Alan McMillan, and Doug Caplan. Meanwhile the Championship section gets a bit tougher as a couple new 2200+ players join: Joseph Bellissimo (2291) and Ochuko Emuakpeje (2211 FIDE). And at the end of the night, Bill Randle, Joseph Bellissimo, and Ochuko Emuakpeje are victorious!

Early leaders with perfect scores through two rounds are Sergey Noritsyn and Dave Southam in the Championship section and five players in the Reserve section: Ulli Diemer, Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy, Salim Belcadi, Kevin Li, and Mark Gelowitz!

Rd 2 Games of the Week

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Round Three – March 13

It’s the halfway point. Through three rounds, the leader – with a perfect 3.0/3 score – is Dave Southam. Half a point behind with 2.5/3 are Ochuko Emuakpeje and Michael Humphreys.

Rd 3 Games of the Week

Reserve Section

In the Reserve section, there’s a two-way tie for first: Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy and Ulli Diemer both have perfect 3.0/3 scores through three rounds. Another five players are tied for third with 2.5/3.

Here are the games from the top two boards:

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Round Four – March 20

Through four rounds, there is a clear leader in each section. In the Championship section, with a perfect 4.0/4 score, Dave Southam has sole possession of first place. Trailing by just half a point with 3.5/4 is defending champion, Michael Humphreys.

In the Reserve section, it’s Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy with a perfect 4.0/4 score and sole possession of first. Javier Dixon trails by half a point with 3.5/4.

There will be showdowns next week as each second-place player will have their chance to take the lead with a win over the leader.

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Round Five – March 27

In the Reserve section, Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy is a juggernaut, as he takes out his fifth opponent in a row to post a 5-0 record through five rounds. Ulli Diemer, Kevin Li, and Eric Pei are a point behind at 4.0.

In the Championship section, things get interesting as defending champion Michael Humphreys defeats leader Dave Southam, to rise to 4.5/5, half a point ahead of Southam, who falls to 4.0/5, as Noritsyn and Emuakpeje stay within a point at 3.5.

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Round Six – April 3

There are big dramatics in the final round as Ochuko Emuakpeje takes out Humphreys, holding him to 4.5/6 while rising to 4.5 himself. Meanwhile, Sergey Noritsyn beats Malakhovets to join them at 4.5. At this point, Dave Southam, coming into the round with 4.0, can take a clear lead and the 2017 Championship title with a win over Stefanovic. Here’s the game – with commentary by Stefanovic (Southam is black):

So the tournament ends with four players at 4.5, and it comes down to tiebreaks. With four players tied, nobody can win head-to-head. Number of wins and number of blacks eliminate Humphreys and Noritsyn, and finally Southam has a better Buchholz Cut 1 score than Emuakpeje. So Dave Southam wins it in the end on the fourth tiebreak, and ACC has a new Club Champion. Congratulations, Dave!

Dave Southam

An interesting twist arises in the Reserves when leader Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy, ahead by a full point, decides to coast to the finish with a zero-point bye in the last round, counting on better tie breaks against Diemer (head-to-head), Li (more blacks), and Pei (more wins) if any of them should get a full point in the final round.

In probably the worst case scenario for Vigneswaramoorthy, Ulli Diemer defeats Eric Pei and Kevin Li pulls off a 150-rating-point upset win over Salim Belcadi – with black! Vigneswaramoorthy had the head-to-head tiebreak secured over just Diemer, but it doesn’t help in a three-way tie with Diemer and Li. And all three now have 5 wins and 3 blacks, so it comes down to the fourth tiebreak, Buchholz Cut 1 scores – and Vigneswaramoorthy has 20.5, half a point ahead of Diemer’s 20. So Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy gets his name on the trophy and goes down in ACC history with the most impressive finish of all time in the Club Championship Reserve, winning the section with a round to spare. Congratulations, Vinorth!


Ranking cross-tables after Round 5

ACC Club Championship

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Humphreys Michael 2318 CAN 6w½ 10b1 -1 5w1 2b1 4.5
2 Southam David 2233 CAN 5b1 14w1 3b1 4w1 1w0 4
3 Noritsyn Sergey 2265 CAN 19w1 8b1 2w0 9b1 3.5
4 Emuakpeje Ochuko 2211 NGR 18b1 6w1 2b0 7w1 3.5
5 Malakhovets Sergey 2067 CAN 2w0 19b1 12w1 1b0 13w1 3
6 Stefanovic Miroslav 2136 CAN 1b½ 15w1 4b0 8w½ 11b1 3
7 Bellissimo Joseph 2291 CAN 11b1 10w1 4b0 3
8 Liu Zhanhe (lambert) 2185 CAN 12b1 3w0 6b½ 10w1 3
9 Zotkin Daniel 2202 CAN 10w0 17w1 11b0 15b1 3w0 2
10 England Max 2066 CAN 9b1 1w0 14b+ 7b0 8b0 2
11 Fines John 1903 CAN 17b½ 7w0 9w1 12b½ 6w0 2
12 Mcsherry Peter 2041 CAN 8w0 -1 5b0 11w½ 14b½ 2
13 Talsma Shawn 1925 CAN 0 -1 5b0 2
14 Akophyan Nika 1810 CAN -1 2b0 10w- 16w½ 12w½ 2
15 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1777 CAN 6b0 9w0 -1 2
16 Guo Josh 2232 CAN 0 14b½ 0 1.5
17 Li William 2179 CAN 11w½ 9b0 0 1.5
18 Qiao Cindy 1885 CAN 4w0 19b½ 0 1.5
19 Ab-Barin Hooshang 1722 CAN 3b0 5w0 18w½ 0 0 0.5
20 Calvelo Jelvis 2155 PHI 0 0 0 0 0 0

Check updated results on chess-results.

ACC Club Championship – Reserve Section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Vigneswaramoorthy Vinorth 1635 CAN 35b1 10w1 13b1 2w1 7b1 5
2 Diemer Ulli 1648 CAN 18w1 22b1 5w1 1b0 8w1 4
3 Li Kevin Yunhong 1448 CAN 39w1 20b1 14w0 15b1 12w1 4
4 Pei Eric 1562 CAN 29b1 23w1 9b1 4
5 Belcadi Salim 1617 CAN 19w1 31b1 2b0 17w1 3.5
6 Abbarin Shabnam 1458 CAN 22w0 19b1 36w1 10b1 3.5
7 Dixon Javier 1195 CAN 28b1 24w1 14b1 1w0 3.5
8 Kingsbury Brett 1406 CAN 12b0 35w1 27b1 13w1 2b0 3
9 Zhang Henry Xianrui 1424 CAN 20w0 37b1 31w1 11b1 4w0 3
10 Jevtic Dragan 1363 CAN 33w1 1b0 25w1 17b1 6w0 3
11 Chapin Sasha 1172 CAN 16w1 13b- 34b1 9w0 25b1 3
12 Hanratty Brian 1686 CAN 8w1 17b½ 20w1 3b0 3
13 Gelowitz Mark A. 1450 CAN 21b1 11w+ 1w0 8b0 23w1 3
14 Sutton Michael 1716 CAN 32w1 3b1 7w0 3
15 Denning Keith 1298 CAN 38b1 3w0 21w1 3
16 Chen Harry (siqi) 1465 CAN 11b0 30w0 19b½ 32w1 31b1 2.5
17 David Jean-Marc 1438 CAN 40b1 12w½ 30b1 10w0 5b0 2.5
18 Patton Mark A. 1319 CAN 2b0 21w0 37b1 29w1 22b½ 2.5
19 Chodoriwsky David 1212 CAN 5b0 6w0 16w½ 34b1 29b1 2.5
20 Armstrong Robert J. 1715 CAN 9b1 3w0 12b0 28w1 2.5
21 Geddie Alex 1121 CAN 13w0 18b1 30w1 15b0 2.5
22 Kalmanson Evgeny 1141 CAN 6b1 2w0 23b½ 18w½ 2.5
23 Ai Amy 1049 CAN 34w1 4b0 22w½ 13b0 2
24 Ramesh Bharath 1660 CAN 27w1 7b0 0 2
25 Ellis Cody 0 CAN 10b0 27w1 11w0 2
26 Ali Shafkat 1668 CAN 0 0 30b1 2
27 Souchko Larissa 1006 CAN 37w1 24b0 8w0 25b0 32b½ 1.5
28 Caplan Doug 0 CAN 7w0 0 20b0 39b1 1.5
29 McMillan Alan 0 CAN 4w0 32b1 18b0 19w0 1.5
30 Randle Bill 0 CAN 16b1 17w0 21b0 26w0 1.5
31 Teram Eli 1005 CAN -1 5w0 9b0 16w0 1.5
32 Anghaie Reza 712 CAN 14b0 29w0 16b0 27w½ 1
33 Sharpe Michael D. 1662 CAN 10b0 0 0 1
34 Supol George 1398 CAN 23b0 11w0 19w0 1
35 Finkelstein Michael 1301 CAN 1w0 8b0 0 1
36 Vaz Jake 1175 CAN 6b0 0 0 1
37 Noritsyn Ivan 933 CAN 27b0 9w0 18w0 1
38 Noftle Madisin 0 CAN 15w0 0 0 1
39 Pancer Jeff 1016 CAN 3b0 0 0 0 28w0 0
40 Stahlbrand Kevin 983 CAN 17w0 0 0 0 0 0

Check updated results on chess-results.

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2016 Annex Chess Club Championship

Club Championship starts February 9

It’s time for another edition of our annual Club Championship! (Check out the club championship tag for past editions!)

Instead of the three sections our tournaments usually have, this one has just two larger sections, so hopefully everyone has a chance to play some new opponents – even if some of the games will be more mismatched!

The Championship section sees the top players at our club vie for the title of 2016 Club Champion! Michael Humphreys has held the honour for quite some time now – four years in a row! – but this could be the year he’s unseated! The Championship section will be FIDE-rated, and the minimum rating to enter the section is 1700.

The Reserve section sees players rated under 1800 compete for the title of 2016 Reserve Champion, as defending 2015 winner Greg Beal seeks to reclaim the title for another year! (Note that players rated 1700 to 1799 are normally placed in the Reserve section, but they can also opt to play up in the Championship section.)

Club Championship trophies

All are welcome!

All are welcome to join us for the event, but only full-year members are eligible to win the Club Champion and Reserve Champion titles. Winners’ names will be engraved on permanent trophies at the club.

Rounds are at 7:30 pm on six consecutive Monday evenings, starting February 9 and running to March 21. (Note, however, there is no round on Family Day, February 15.) New players are asked to please register by 7:00 to make sure that you’re paired for the night’s round.

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Round One – February 9

With larger sections, there are even greater mismatches in Round 1, but some of the underdogs still manage to come out on top!

In the Championship section, Fernando Marshall (1995) scores an upset victory over Sergey Malakhovets (2176).

And in the Reserve section, there’s even more turmoil as Zhong Zhao (1399) takes out Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy (1664), Howard Halim (1068) is victorious over Dragan Jevtic (1555), and newcomer Gregory Szucs (unr.) defeats George Supol (1447)

Winners will face winners in Rd 2, February 22. (There is no round on February 15, as the club is CLOSED for Family Day.)

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Round Two – February 22

In the Championship section, it’s down to a two-way tie for the lead as only Dave Southam stays even with defending Club Champion Michael Humphreys after second-seed Joseph Bellissimo is upset by William Li and third-seed Jon Yu takes a bye. Humphreys and Southam both have 2.0/2.

In the Reserve section, it’s a four-way tie at the top as Bob Armstrong, Ulli Diemer, and Max England keep pace with defending 2015 Reserve winner Greg Beal at 2.0/2.

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Round Three – February 29

2016 is a leap year, and yes, we’re spending that extra day playing chess!

In the Championship, Michael Humphreys defeats Dave Southam to take sole possession of first place with 3.0/3. Five players are hot on his heels, a point behind at 2.0/3. Anything can happen in three more rounds.

In the Reserve section, Max England and Bob Armstrong are tied for the lead with 3.0/3. Marko Stevelic is a half point at 2.5/3, and another eight players are waiting in the wings with 2.0/2. That makes a lot of contenders not ruled out!

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Round Four – March 7

Out of nowhere, Hugh Siddeley scores a win over Michael Humphreys to take equal first at 3.0/4 – with a better tie break based on the head-to-head result. Wow, this just got a lot more interesting!

Before this defeat, Humphreys had an unbeaten run of +22 =5 (including 3 wins against Siddeley)!! Of course, for many, he’s still a big favourite to win his 5th in a row!

In the U1800 section, Max England defeats Bob Armstrong to take sole first with a perfect 4.0/4. Can he survive another two rounds?

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Round Five – March 14

He’s back in the lead! On the top boards of the Championship section, Michael Humphreys squeezes a win from a rook ending against Alex Ferreira (see game below) while Hugh Siddeley draws Armand Jess Mendoza.

So Humphreys goes into the final round with 4.0/5 and a half-point lead over Siddeley, who stands at 3.5. Among the 3.0 group, William Li and Daniel Wiebe are the only players in the top six who have not yet faced Humphreys, so one of them is likely to get his chance in the final round.

In the Reserves, Max England draws his game against top seed Kamran Amirirad to hold sole possession of first. England enters the last round with 4.5/5 and a half-point lead over Zhong Zhao, who has 4.0. The two have not yet played, so they will likely face off in the final round.

Game of the Week

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Round Six – March 21

Michael Humphreys wins his game to hold sole first place at 5.0/6, so he earns the title of Club Champion once again – five times in a row! Congratulations, Michael!

Also winning their last round games are Dave Southam and William Li (see game below) who finish second and third with 4.0/6.

And the Reserve winner, with another victory in Round 6, is 10-year-old Max England, finishing undefeated with 5.5/6. He’s a junior who’s been playing at Annex for a few years now, starting out in the under-1500 section. Congratulations, Max! What a great accomplishment!

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Finishing in second and third with 4.5/6 are Bob Armstrong and Kamran Amirirad.

See complete results below.

Game of the Week

The club is closed March 28, but a new regular club tournament starts April 4, alongside the Toronto Closed – games start at 7:30 pm. New players are always welcome: register by 7:00 to make sure you’re paired!


Final Standings after Round Six

SwissSys Standings. Annex Chess Club Championship 2016: Championship section

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Tot
1 Michael Humphreys 2349 W6 (w) W9 (b) W2 (w) L4 (b) W10 (w) W8 (b) 5.0
2 David Southam 2221 W16 (b) W4 (w) L1 (b) D8 (w) D5 (b) W6 (w) 4.0
3 William Li 1960 D14 (w) W5 (b) D15 (w) L10 (b) W9 (w) W4 (b) 4.0
4 Hugh Siddeley 2085 W11 (w) L2 (b) W14 (b) W1 (w) D6 (b) L3 (w) 3.5
5 Joseph Bellissimo 2257 D8 (b) L3 (w) W12 (b) H— (-) D2 (w) W11 (w) 3.5
6 Armand Jess Mendoza 2076 L1 (b) D12 (w) B— (-) W9 (b) D4 (w) L2 (b) 3.0
7 Miroslav Stefanovic 2029 L13 (b) H— (-) L10 (w) W12 (w) H— (-) W14 (b) 3.0
8 Daniel Wiebe 2064 D5 (w) W10 (b) H— (-) D2 (b) H— (-) L1 (w) 3.0
9 Fernando Marshall 1995 W12 (b) L1 (w) D11 (b) L6 (w) L3 (b) W16 (w) 2.5
10 Alex T. Ferreira 2126 H— (-) L8 (w) W7 (b) W3 (w) L1 (b) U— (-) 2.5
11 Tigran Ghazarian 1718 L4 (b) B— (-) D9 (w) D16 (w) H— (-) L5 (b) 2.5
12 Sergey Malakhovets 2176 L9 (w) D6 (b) L5 (w) L7 (b) W16 (b) W17 (w) 2.5
13 Jonathan Yu 2237 W7 (w) H— (-) H— (-) U— (-) U— (-) U— (-) 2.0
14 Daniel Zotkin 2094 D3 (b) H— (-) L4 (w) H— (-) D15 (b) L7 (w) 2.0
15 Josh Guo 2250 H— (-) H— (-) D3 (b) U— (-) D14 (w) U— (-) 2.0
16 Arkadiy Ugodnikov 2000 L2 (w) H— (-) H— (-) D11 (b) L12 (w) L9 (b) 1.5
17 Jacob Stein 1894 H— (-) H— (-) U— (-) U— (-) U— (-) L12 (b) 1.0

SwissSys Standings. Annex Chess Club Championship 2016: Reserve section

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Tot
1 Max England 1667 W15 (b) W22 (w) W7 (b) W2 (w) D3 (b) W4 (w) 5.5
2 Robert J. Armstrong 1526 W11 (w) W3 (w) W16 (b) L1 (b) D7 (w) W8 (b) 4.5
3 Kamran Amirirad 1798 W30 (w) L2 (b) W12 (w) W8 (b) D1 (w) W7 (b) 4.5
4 Zhong Zhao 1399 W10 (b) L7 (w) W19 (b) W12 (w) W5 (w) L1 (b) 4.0
5 Harry [Siqi] Chen 1437 H— (-) H— (-) W25 (w) W16 (w) L4 (b) W10 (b) 4.0
6 Howard Halim 1068 W14 (w) L12 (b) H— (-) W9 (b) L10 (w) W13 (b) 3.5
7 Ulli Diemer 1557 W29 (w) W4 (b) L1 (w) W10 (w) D2 (b) L3 (w) 3.5
8 Marko Stevelic 1321 H— (-) W11 (b) W9 (w) L3 (w) W14 (b) L2 (w) 3.5
9 Richard Morrison 1500 W24 (b) H— (-) L8 (b) L6 (w) W17 (w) W14 (b) 3.5
10 Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy 1664 L4 (w) W29 (b) W20 (w) L7 (b) W6 (b) L5 (w) 3.0
11 Larissa Souchko 999 L2 (b) L8 (w) L15 (b) W28 (w) B— (-) W27 (b) 3.0
12 Henry XianRui Zhang 1189 H— (-) W6 (w) L3 (b) L4 (b) H— (-) W19 (w) 3.0
13 Mark A. Gelowitz 1394 L16 (w) W23 (b) H— (-) H— (-) W19 (b) L6 (w) 3.0
14 Dragan Jevtic 1555 L6 (b) W15 (w) W26 (b) H— (-) L8 (w) L9 (w) 2.5
15 Joshua Allen 1406 L1 (w) L14 (b) W11 (w) H— (-) U— (-) W20 (b) 2.5
16 Greg Beal 1643 W13 (b) W19 (w) L2 (w) L5 (b) U— (-) U— (-) 2.0
17 Adam Goldfarb 1338 H— (-) H— (-) U— (-) W24 (w) L9 (b) U— (-) 2.0
18 Michael Finkelstein 1067 H— (-) H— (-) X22 (-) U— (-) U— (-) U— (-) 2.0
19 Gregory Szucs unr. W23 (w) L16 (b) L4 (w) W20 (b) L13 (w) L12 (b) 2.0
20 Benjamin Thalman 1331 H— (-) H— (-) L10 (b) L19 (w) W21 (b) L15 (w) 2.0
21 Marcus Wilker 1625 H— (-) H— (-) U— (-) U— (-) L20 (w) W23 (b) 2.0
22 Akop Tozlian 1500 W28 (w) L1 (b) F18 (-) U— (-) U— (-) U— (-) 1.0
23 George Supol 1447 L19 (b) L13 (w) H— (-) H— (-) U— (-) L21 (w) 1.0
24 Jacob Tobin 873 L9 (w) H— (-) H— (-) L17 (b) U— (-) U— (-) 1.0
25 Alex Moiseev 677 H— (-) H— (-) L5 (b) U— (-) U— (-) U— (-) 1.0
26 Jeff Pancer 1097 H— (-) H— (-) L14 (w) U— (-) U— (-) U— (-) 1.0
27 Salim Belcadi unr. H— (-) H— (-) U— (-) U— (-) U— (-) L11 (w) 1.0
28 Larry Tobin 694 L22 (b) H— (-) H— (-) L11 (b) U— (-) U— (-) 1.0
29 Christopher Field 1195 L7 (b) L10 (w) U— (-) U— (-) U— (-) U— (-) 0.0
30 Volkan Eryildir 1420 L3 (b) U— (-) U— (-) U— (-) U— (-) U— (-) 0.0

Legend

W = win (e.g., W9 means a win against player 9 – worth 1 point)
L = loss (0 pt)
D = draw (½ pt)
H = ½-pt bye (requested in advance or assigned on registration, max 2 per player, not in final round)
B = 1-pt bye (“forced bye” – e.g., odd number of players)
U = 0-pt bye (e.g., when max ½-pt byes previously awarded, or in final round)
F = forfeit loss (0 pt)
X = forfeit win (1 pt)
(b) = game played with black pieces
(w) = game played with white pieces

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